cycling news / Filip Maciejuk signs for Leopard Pro Cycling
After the introduction of Leopard Pro Cycling’s first and second addition for 2018 last week, the time has come to announce the third and last new signing for the Luxembourgish UCI Continental Team. A very warm welcome to Filip Maciejuk, bronzen medal winner at the Junior ITT World Championships in Bergen.
“At Leopard, I want to develop into a more complete professional rider.”
Starting cycling back in 2010, Filip joined the KS Pogoń Mostostal Puławy team and hasn’t lef the Polish side ever since. Now, almost eight years later, Filip takes some good memories with him to the next chapter in his still early cycling career. In 2016, Filip started showing his capabilities by becoming Polish National Junior Time Trial Champion, a title that he prolonged in 2017. The 18-year-old was also selected for the Polish National Team at the European and World Junior Championships in respectively Plumelec and Qatar.
This season, Filip has only developed further. In the spring, he showed also his talent to ride the Northern classics with a 13th position at the Junior edition of Gent-Wevelgem. Later in the season, the time trial specialist won La Coupe du President de la Ville de Grudziadz, a stage race where he also performed well in 2016 and was won by Lukasz Wisniowski (2009) and Max Kanter (2015) in earlier editions. More notable results from this year are most definitely his third place finish in the time trial and the fifth position in the GC of the Trofeo Karlsberg, a Nations Cup race, the seventh position at the European Junior Time Trial Championships in Herning and his bronzen medal at the World Junior Time Trial Championships in Bergen. This is the result that makes Filip the most proud and it motivates him to go for even better results in 2018.
Filip Maciejuk: “I have chosen to ride for Leopard Pro Cycling, because I think it is the Continental team that can help me develop as a rider the best. I have a lot to learn and I am sure that I will grow as a rider in this team. The race program is very good and this can also help a lot. Of course my goal is to become a more complete professional rider, but first I am looking forward to race the time trials in the U23 ranks next year. I hope that I can already take the win sometime soon, but we will see how everything goes.”
Markus Zingen, Team Manager: “We are very happy that Filip will join our project in 2018. He is a rider with a huge potential which he proved past season with many good results and I am convinced that he can adapt pretty fast to the U23/Elite level. However, like always with young athletes like Filip, it is important to work sustainable and find a good balance between the development as a rider, as a human and combining this with his education – he will finish school in June. We are looking forward to work together with him.”